In 1963 Kamaraj voluntarily left office under what came to be known as the Kamaraj Plan, which called for the voluntary resignations of high-level national and state officials in order to devote their efforts at the grassroots level following India’s disastrous border war with China.
How it will help
- The senior party leadership’s exposure to the grassroots is likely to give them an opportunity to establish a better connect with the people across regions and age groups.
- This exposure of the leaders will also mean greater accountability. They need to be prepared to face questions on various issues, including on the State capital, State finances etc
- The basic systems of government and statecraft in a democracy are, essentially, the Cabinet, the government and its political leadership.
- Cabinets are meant to be colleagueships.
- Governments are there to govern. Leadership is about commanding implicit trust. The entanglement of figures in allegations of corruption has undermined trust.
- By working in grassroots, they can revitalize the people’s trust on democracy and take quick actions to the need of the people
- It will also bring younger generation into the fray.
Simultaneously those re-deployed for party work will need to become the alert eyes and ears of the public, pro-active spokespersons within the party for the people they represent. This is where such an initiative will be an advance over the Kamaraj Plan. Popular outrage over mis-governance and corruption can, if addressed as it should be, lead to a moral dividend for India’s systemic benefit.
How to structure:
- Give an intro Kamaraj plan
- Explain the features
- Explain how it improves democratic values
- Mention challenges